Tense (tense+mood+aspect)

Technically speaking, the tense of a conjugated Spanish verb refers to the time of verb's action, i.e. present, past, or future.  However, almost everyone uses tense to mean time plus two extra features: "mood" and "aspect".

The full names for Spanish verb tenses include the mood and aspect and are therefore rather a mouthful, so people tend to use a short name that focusses on one or two elements. 

Note: People use many different short names for Spanish tenses which can get very confusing. This page shows all the Spanish tense names and their English equivalents, with examples.

List of all Spanish Tenses

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